Las Arenas, Barcelona
The next stop, and we get off here as there is a lot to see.
This is where the huge Bull ring is located. It is a very impressive building, and it is here where the "Bullfighting Museum" is located and open during Bull fighting season. If you like Bull-fighting, then it is the place for you to see the heads of famous bulls, suits of famous bullfighters, photographs and more.
Bullfighting still takes place here beginning in April and finishes at the end of September. About 20 “Corridas” bullfights are proposed every year.
You can find tickets for bullfights on this website: Tauroentrada.
Fights are at 6pm.
You will have to be quick if you wish to see a fight as Bullfighting in Barcelona was banned on July 28, 2010, with the ruling coming into force on January 1, 2012.
We were quite happy to look at it from the outside, as neither of us are Bull fighting fans.
This is the old classic Arenas de Barcelona, yes, this is a bullring, what used to be a common traditional bullfighting ring in this city. It has been used for about hundred years but now it is converted for a shopping mall. Bullfighting is no more legal in Catalunya and hopefully in the future in more states and countries.
We passed by Las Arenas and I thought I'd take a snap. It looks cool from the outside. Didn't venture in, the only blood sports I go for are at Anfield and Elland Road.
It's hasn't been used since 1990 as a bullring and I think plans are being drawn up to turn it into some sort of leisure park. They are going to keep the design of the exterior intact.
It's a pity there is a bullring in such a bad conservation in one of the most beautiful parts of Barcelona, the Spain square. Las Arenas is the second city's bullring (after the "Monumental", the current one), it was inaugurated in 1900 and it saw its last bullfight in 1977. It has been slowly wasting away ever since and both neighbours and Barcelona's City Council have long been anxious to clean up Las Arenas, and soon it will get a new life. In early 2003 the architect Richard Rogers began work on a new commercial and leisure centre on the site. The new building will conserve the outer shell of the bullring but will transform the inside into a modern space shared by stores, restaurants, a cinema, exercise facilities, a health spa, meeting spaces and offices.
Es una pena que haya una plaza de toros en tan mal estado de conservación en uno de los lugares más bonitos de Barcelona, la Plaza de España. Las Arenas es la segunda plaza de toros de la ciudad (tras la "Monumental", la actual) fue inaugurada en 1900 y vio su última corrida en 1977. Se ha ido degradando lentamente con el tiempo mientras que tanto vecinos como el Ayuntamiento han estado buscando posibilidades para limpiar Las Arenas y pronto tendrá una nueva vida. A comienzos de 2003 el arquitecto Richard Rogers comenzó los trabajos para un nuevo centro comercial y de ocio en el lugar. El nuevo edificio conservará la forma exterior de la plaza de toros pero se transformará radicialmente en el interior en un moderno espacio compartido por tiendas, restaurantes, cines, gimnasio, spa, lugares de reuniones y oficinas.
Thank you to ekuatoriana for helping me identify this building! I passed it when I was wandering around Barcelona one day and was really impressed by the architecture, but I didn't have time to stop and find out what the building was.
Originally, it served as a bullfighting ring (and still hosts occasional bullfights) but today it also houses the Bullfighting Museum. Inside the museum you will find objects associated with bullfighting, from the costumes of the matadors to posters from important events. The museum is open only from April to September, with hours generally being 10.30am - 2pm and 4pm - 7pm. I suggest phoning to confirm opening hours.
This turn of the century bullring was once used for bullfights, but not anymore. In 1966 the Beatles held a concert here. The rest of the area was developed as exhibition centers and hotels especially once Olympic Park opened for the '92 Olympic Games.
Located next to the Plaça d'Espanya is a building known as Las Arenas (the arenas). This disused bullring was opened in 1900 with a capacity for 15,000 spectators. Where bulls and matadors once faced-off, weeds now push through the ground. However, there was much construction about this structure which may mean a restoration of the building or development into something else (no doubt some sort of commercial center).
On the eastern side of Plaça d'Espanya you can see the Arenas de Barcelona.This bullfight arena was constructed in 1899 by Font i Carreras. It is a beautiful building but it is not very much used, since bullfighting never was really popular in Catalynya.
Originally, this was a bullfighting ring and still hosts bullfights sometimes. However it hosts a Bullfighting Museum today displaying all objects related to bullfighting.
This disused bullring was opened in 1900 with a capacity for 15,000 spectators. Bullfighting has been recently banned in Barcelona.
This is view to building old Corida in Barcelona outside where you can see a killing bulls and play with them. This show wasn´t like to me!